Virtual October Conference week


Due to Covid-19, and as previously announced the October conference will be a virtual one. However, we will, by using technology, turn the current pandemic situation into an exceptional conference where the IVA will provide a great platform with live sessions by our speakers, slots for Q&A sessions, online networking opportunities for the delegates and much more – including a number of surprise events.

The events will be spread over a whole week, to enable members to choose the sessions they wish to attend, to participate in the various Q&A sessions and workshops, and to cope with different time zones – so some sessions will be run more than once.


Topic: Digitalization and Servitization, the next VAT Frontier

The future of VAT lies in digitalization and servitization. How will businesses adjust to this brand-new world? How can tax consultants assist businesses and liaise efficiently with VAT Authorities? What IT competences will be required of all relevant stakeholders?

What are the immediate challenges that lie ahead and how can we prepare to face them?

The virtual conference week will address all of these issues and try to bring some practical solutions to better understand these very important evolutions!


Dates: 19 – 23 October 2020


More information about the main topic, Agenda and speakers will follow shortly.




Alessandro Garzon - IVA Conference - September 2020

Alessandro Garzon, T.B.S Tax Back Service Srl (Italy)

Alessandro Garzon is a Chartered accountant. Founder and partner of T.B.S Tax Back Service Srl. He is a member of the IVA since 1995 with his company T.B.S, founded in 1988. Ever since the beginning T.B.S takes care of VAT technical issues related to the field of transport. As from 1992 the VAT assistance has been enlarged to several other sectors (cars, pharmaceuticals, fashion, event arrangements, fertilizers, distance sales, catering, electronics, and so on). T.B.S. currently also carries out both VAT representation and VAT direct identification services.

Alessandro Garzon is a frequent speaker at seminars dealing with Italian VAT issues. He is the Chairman of Studio Garzon, which provides professional advice in the area of indirect taxation; technical assistance is mainly related to VAT issues referred to cross-border transactions and to public bodies.

Andrew Tucker - IVA Conference - September 2020

Andrew Tucker, HMRC (UK)

Andrew Tucker is Head of VAT Deductions and Financial Services policy in HMRC.  Prior to his current role he headed up the VAT policy team in HMRC dealing with EU Exit.  He has previously led a variety of teams and projects across a number of different UK Government departments including on legal aid reform, devolution and in the somewhat niche area of coroners and burials.  He is a trustee of two charities, is Chair of Governors at a free school in London and (at the time of writing) is currently training for the London Marathon.  He is married to Jane with two daughters Hannah (7) and Sophie (5).

Dr. Christian Salder - IVA Conference - September 2020

Dr. Christian Salder, KMLZ (Germany)

Christian advises clients on all aspects of national and international VAT issues and specializes in customs and excise duty matters. His particular focus is on import VAT related issues as well as optimizing cross-border supply chains and processing schemes. Christian has extensive experience in carrying out SAP-VAT audits and customs reviews. He also accompanies external audits and represents clients before tax authorities and fiscal courts. His clients range from individuals to international groups.

He is a post-graduate degree lecturer at the University of Münster and regularly lectures on VAT and customs related topics, as well as regularly publishing comments, articles and annotations in these areas.

Cyrille Konter - IVA Conference - September 2020

Cyrille Konter, TEVEA International (France)

Graduated from HEC in 1997 with a specialisation in Finances, Cyrille Konter started his career in Germany within various investment banks as structureur and seller of derivatives on action. In 2003, he returns to France to take over the business development of TEVEA International.

Daniel Sztanko - IVA Conference - September 2020

Daniel Sztanko, RSM Hungary (Hungary)

Daniel currently heads the International Indirect Tax Services Team at RSM Hungary, the leading fiscal representative service provider in Hungary. Daniel has 10+ years of experience in indirect tax, including 5+ years of experience as Deloitte manager in the EU and Asia Pacific region. Trained as a lawyer at ELTE University he acquired tax professional qualification and is registered as tax professional with the Hungarian Ministry of National Economy. During his career, Daniel managed teams of tax professionals in multiple projects/tasks/roles and coordinated regional indirect tax (GST and VAT) advisory projects in Europe and Asia Pacific – dealt with tax professionals from over 30 jurisdictions across 5 continents. He authored numerous publication in Hungary, EU and conducted indirect tax (GST/VAT) trainings in multiple languages in Europe and Singapore. Recently Daniel delivered a series of lectures on the Hungarian EKAER obligations.

Emmanuel Cotessat - IVA Conference - September 2020

Emmanuel Cotessat, E. Cotessat Law Firm (France)

Emmanuel is a French tax lawyer specializing exclusively in indirect taxes (VAT, Excise and Customs duties). After 10 years of experience at Price Waterhouse Tax and Legal and then Arthur Andersen International, he started his own consulting law firm in 2000. He has specifically built a significant experience in international supply chain structuring, ERP/SAP VAT implementations and multi-national advisory and compliance coordination. His main areas of activity are pharmaceuticals, energy utilities, aeronautics and chemicals. He is a partner of VAT Forum CV and regularly lectures at international VAT events.

Fernando Matesanz - IVA Conference - September 2020

Fernando Matesanz, Spanish VAT Services Asesores (Spain)

Fernando Matesanz is the owner and Director of the firm named Spanish VAT Services Asesores SL. He Counts on more than twelve years of experience in providing advice in VAT and other Indirect Taxes.

Fernando holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Degree in European Legislation. He also holds a Master of Laws (LLM) in Corporate Tax Law from the IE Business School.

He is an active Tax Lawyer, member of the Bar and a certified Tax Advisor.

Fernando began his carrier within the VAT Group of Ernst & Young, managing the VAT and customs practice for more than eight years. After that, he founded the firm Spanish VAT Services Asesores SL a firm exclusively working on international VAT matters and other Indirect taxes. Spanish VAT Services is currently one of the main VAT services providers for small and medium-sized companies within the Spanish market.

Fernando regularly acts as speaker and lecturer in different Universities and organizations. He is also a member of the VAT Forum CV.

Francois Chadwick - IVA Conference - September 2020

Francois Chadwick, Uber (USA)

Francois is the Global Head of Tax Uber. He assisted in launching them in over 100 countries, and assisting in their global growth plans. He coordinates a team of 200+ professionals based around the world. He is currently instrumental in teaming with the Uber Global Policy Team in shaping global tax and accounting policy as it relates to the shared economy. Francois has over 25 years of experience in corporate tax and accounting, focusing on U.S.-based multi-national technology companies. He has worked overseas in a number of countries, including the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Singapore and Hong Kong, bringing with him a hands-on experience with national and international issues. Prior to joining Uber, Francois was the Lead Tax Partner at KPMG, focusing on global hyper-growth tech companies. Francois has also founded and sold a tax-tech start-up which had global operations. Francois also worked for the European Commission in Brussels on various tax and policy/regulatory studies and was instrumental in assisting the EU Commission align certain “green” tax regulations.

Dr. George Salis - IVA Conference - September 2020

Dr. George Salis, Vertex

Dr. George L. Salis is a recognised economist and lawyer specializing in the area of international economic law, including trade, global taxation, and transfer pricing. Presently, he serves as Principal Senior--Tax Compliance at Vertex, Inc., one of the top tax software companies in the world. He is an adjunct professor of Texas A&M University School of Law for transfer pricing and international tax risk management courses as well as an adjunct professor of international taxation and of the transfer pricing concentration at Thomas Jefferson School of Law's Graduate International Taxation Program in San Diego, California. Dr. Salis received his Ph.D. (Union) in International & Comparative Law & Economic Policy, and his LL.M. with Honours (Magna Cum Laude) (Thomas Jefferson) in International Taxation and Financial Services. He read law at the University of Wolverhampton and in 1998, he received his LL.B. Honours law degree at the University of Wolverhampton School of Law in England, and later received the Specialist Diploma in European Union Law from Holborn College London & Oxford University. He earned an M. A. in Legal & Ethical Studies from The University of Baltimore, in 1988. He also holds two Bachelor's degrees, one in in Economics & Political Science (dual concentration) with Honours, and another in Philosophy & Humanities. In 2014, he attended the Academy of European Law at the European University Institute (Florence, Italy) and received its Advanced Certificate in EU Law. He is also a Certified Business Economist (CBE) NABE – Charter.

Kristian Koktvedgaard - IVA Conference - September 2020

Kristian Koktvedgaard, BUSINESSEUROPE VAT

Kristian Koktvedgaard is the chairman of the BUSINESSEUROPE VAT policy group since 2010 and have participated in European VAT issues since 2004. The working group focus on both new legislation as well as existing legislation and provides both technical and political comments to the EU Commission as well as other key European and International stakeholders. He is a current member of the EU VAT Expert Group, the EU VAT Forum and the EU Multistakeholder Forum on e-invoicing, and participate in the specific, relevant subgroups.

Kristian Koktvedgaard is Head of VAT, Accounting and Auditing at the Confederation of Danish Industry (DI) in Copenhagen.

Maria Delia Ruggiero - IVA Conference - September 2020

Maria Delia Ruggiero, Italian Tax Administration

Delia has been working, as VAT expert, for the Italian Department of Finance for ten years.

Previously she worked for the Italian Revenue Agency and, before that she had been a school teacher in Law and Economics.

As national VAT expert, she has attended several Commission working groups, such as the VAT Committee, the Group of the Future of VAT, the EU VAT Forum, and a few of their sub-groups.

Patrice Pillet - IVA Conference - September 2020

Patrice Pillet, European Commission

Patrice Pillet is the Head of Unit for indirect taxation legal affairs, in DG Taxud (European Commission). He is therefore responsible for the management of complains, the handing of infringement procedures as well as other legal issues (including preliminary rulings) in the area of indirect taxation.

He was previously Head of Sector responsible for VAT on electronic commerce (2008-1016). He has also previously been responsible for international affairs and technical assistance in the Customs Directorate of DG Taxud (2004-2008), as well as for fighting VAT fraud and promoting mutual assistance in tax matters (1998-2004).

Rajendra Kumar - IVA Conference - September 2020

Rajendra Kumar, Sanjiv Shah & Associates (India)

Prasan Rajendra Kumar is a Chartered Accountant in Practice in Chennai, India. He is a senior partner of Sanjiv Shah & Associates and leads the Indirect Tax Practice of the firm. He is a Commerce graduate from the prestigious University of Madras and is also a Cost and Management Accountant. He serves as a member of Technical Advisory Group to Working Party 9 on Consumption Tax at the OECD. He is also the past president of International Chamber of Indirect Tax Professionals. RK as he is popularly known has carved a niche in the area of Consumption Taxes and is much sought after resource person across the globe. His views are sought by clients and policy makers in equal measure. Apart from donning leadership roles RK is a voracious reader, avid traveller and singer. 

Raymond Feen - IVA Conference - September 2020

Raymond Feen, ALLVAT (Netherlands)

Is an international VAT consultant. He has worked since 1996 in international VAT for a Big Four and worked several years in industry as in-house VAT manager. In 2010 he started his own VAT consulting firm ALLVAT. He is frequent speaker at international seminars, organizes trainings for the Federation of Dutch exporters, the Chamber of Commerce, the International VAT Expert Academy (IVEA) and is partner of VAT Forum CV. He is currently a board member of the IVA and liaises with the IVA members outside the EU. His focus is on the international supply chain in Europe and more recently the GCC.

Pr. Rita de la Feria - IVA Conference - September 2020

Pr. Rita de la Feria, University of Leeds

Professor and Chair of Tax Law at the University of Leeds. She is an International Research Fellow at the Centre for Business Taxation, Oxford University; and holds a law degree from the University of Lisbon, and a PhD from the University of Dublin, Trinity College.  Her research focus primarily on tax law and policy – particularly on the intersection between tax law and EU constitutional law, tax law and public economics, and tax law and criminology – having published widely on these areas, including four books, and over 60 journal articles and book chapters. She was Tax Policy and Legal Adviser to the Portuguese Government (2011-2012), and to the Government of Timor-Leste (2015-2016); has provided tax legal advice to the Irish Revenue Commissioners (2016), and tax policy advice, and/or legal drafting advice to the Governments of Sao Tome and Principe (2016-), Angola (2016-2018), and Turkey (2018) under the auspices of the IMF.  Professor de la Feria was listed two years running (2015-2016) in the Global Tax 50, by the International Tax Review, as one of the most influential tax people in the World; and was co-recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Women in Tax Award, awarded by the Tax Analysts.

Stephen Dale - IVA Conference - September 2020

Stephen Dale, HEDEOS société d'avocats (France)

Stephen Dale is a partner in a specialist VAT practice in Paris in HEDEOS société d'avocats and has worked in French taxation for more than twenty years, having previously worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers in the UK.

Stephen is a member (and former Chairman) of the FEE (Fédération des Experts Comptables Européens) Tax Policy Group and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales VAT Committee (and former Chairman). He represents the IVA on the Expert Group and is a member of the OECD’s Global VAT Forum.

He is a board member of the Association de la Pratique de la TVA européenne (APTE).

He is the author of several publications such as VAT Yearbook – Kluwer, VAT Guides – PwC, Articles – International Indirect Tax, BNA, journals and newspapers.

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